Beth was so wonderful for helping me to meet my birthing goals and to have the birth experience that I desired. She was responsive, caring, and informative. She advocated for me in more ways than I knew she would. Because Beth was apart of my birth experience, my labor was quick and I had almost no tearing. She was by my side comforting me and telling me exactly what I needed to hear. She gave me the perfect mix of encouragement, comfort and instruction during my labor. I was able to tune out the room and just listen to her which helped my labor to move quickly and smooth. She also gave my husband suggestions on how to help me. This was really important because he wanted to be helpful during my birth but it can be hard to know how to help. She empowered him to know what to say and do to be helpful and included him in everything that was going on. She was also helpful in letting me know what options I had during my birth and what the benefits to each one was. I cannot recommend Beth enough. I am so thankful that we decided to get a doula and that we got one as amazing as Beth. My birth would not have been the same if she was not apart of my team!
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Luciana-the second time mom
We are very grateful to have found Beth and had her by our side during the birth of our second baby. Beth was an excellent doula and we wholeheartedly recommend her.
We had already had the experience of having a doula at the birth of our first baby, on the East Coast. Our second baby was born in August 2021. My husband and I are foreigners and due to the pandemic, our families could not be with us. We did not want to leave our oldest son alone. My husband managed to be with me for a few hours, while our son was at school or with friends, but most of the time Beth was my main companion. At the time of delivery, it was me, Beth, my midwife, hospital nurse and baby! Beth gave me all the support I needed! Beth, all our gratitude for being a significant part of this special moment!
Melissa-the experienced birther
Beth was such an important part of the birth of our third baby. It’s such a relief having a competent doula in the background as you inch closer to labor. I felt reassured knowing that an expert in birth, positioning for optimal delivery, and comfort measures was going to be with us. Beth was just what we needed and worked very well in our hospital birth with the providers, my husband, and me. She was instrumental in helping me achieve the birth that I had a hoped for.
Jordan-an early preeclampsia surprise
There is no denying- Beth is gifted in what she does and I feel really fortunate to have had birth experiences with a doula who truly does what she does because she loves it and is (in my opinion) fulfilling her true calling. Beth has helped deliver two of my babies- the first was premature due to severe preeclampsia and ended up being a really complicated and long labor. There is no doubt in my mind, without beth’s assistance and guidance, I would’ve had a c-section. But despite all, I was able to deliver a healthy 35 week baby boy vaginally! My second baby was a Covid delivery. Due to logistics/regulations, I ended up hiring someone locally, because Beth was unavailable, but when the time came, Beth ended up being the one on Skype with me through my whole transitional labor and delivery. She had zero obligation, but because she’s amazing, stayed with me for over 3 hours to help me get through another really intense delivery. There is something really special about a doula and mom connection. If you’re fortunate enough to experience that with Beth, she will be an essential and unforgettable part of your birth story- for you and your partner! Not only did she support me in the best way possible, but also empowered my husband to be incredibly involved in the whole process. I would recommend Beth to anyone who is looking for a compassionate and empowering birthing coach, a deeply knowledgable educator and a trusted advocate in any sort of birthing situation.
There is no denying- Beth is gifted in what she does and I feel really fortunate to have had birth experiences with a doula who truly does what she does because she loves it and is (in my opinion) fulfilling her true purpose. Beth has helped delivery two of my babies- the first was premature due to severe preeclampsia and ended up being a really complicated and long labor. There is no doubt in my mind, without Beth’s assistance and guidance, I would’ve had a c-section. But despite all, I was able to deliver a healthy 35 week baby boy vaginally! My second baby was a Covid delivery. Due to logistics/regulations, I ended up hiring someone locally, because Beth was unavailable, but when the time came, Beth ended up being the one on Skype with me through my whole transitional labor and delivery. She had zero obligation, but because she’s amazing, stayed with me for over 3 hours to help me get through another really intense natural delivery. There is something really special about a doula and mom connection. If you’re fortunate enough to experience that with Beth, she will be an essential and unforgettable part of your birth story- for you and your partner! I would recommend Beth to anyone who is looking for a compassionate, yet honest birthing coach, a fiercely knowledge educator and a trusted advocate in any sort of birthing situation. There is truly no one better.
Matthew-a surprise breech
Members of our extended families have used doulas and we were recommended a doula for (at least) our first pregnancy. We found Beth Mathis online and were excited to meet her. Beth did not disappoint. As Christians, Beth was sensitive to our faith, and provided excellent professional care throughout pregnancy, labor, and post-birth. She has an engaging, intentional personality and we always felt well tended during each interaction.
Near the end of our pregnancy (38 weeks) our baby flipped into the breech position. Beth provided us with several proactive activities for us to practice in order to coax our baby to reorient into the correct direction. We ended up having an External Cephalic Version procedure in the hospital, which resulted in a success. We believe the activities and suggestions Beth provided were helpful in preparing us for the Version and more than likely contributed to procedural success. This enabled us to go though the natural labor process, which was our hope for the pregnancy.
During labor Beth was irreplaceable. She provided suggestions on adjusting our comfort levels for Christina as she went through the beginning parts of the difficult stages of labor. As labor maladies increased, Beth coached Christina in controlling her breathing, positioning, and other aspects of pain management. We can’t imagine the experience of doing labor for the first time without a coaching.
Overall we highly recommend Beth to anyone who is interested in having professional assistance beyond medical staff. The medical staff will help in certain ways, but will not coach through the whole pregancy and birth process in the same way having a doula will. We are grateful for Beth and the excellent care she provided. Thank you, Beth!
Sanchez-first time mom
We were so lucky to have Beth as our doula! Beth supported us through the pregnancy and birth of our first child. I was very nervous to give birth and be in a hospital setting. We interviewed a long list of local doulas before choosing Beth. It was one of the absolute best decisions. Beth’s support during labor eased my worries and lowered my husband’s stress level. He was able to be fully present knowing we had such an amazing support team. Beth fully supported my wishes for our baby’s birth, while coaching me through major decisions as a first time mom. We couldn’t have done it without her and would recommend her to any family looking for a positive, empowering birth experience.
Charlotte-a prodromal labor
We had a particularly long labor (3 days) and could not have gotten through it without Beth! We interviewed a few doulas early in the pregnancy and realized after meeting Beth that we wanted someone direct, mature, and take-charge. She was confident from the get-go and answered all of our birthing questions clearly. As soon as I went into labor, Beth made herself available 24-7 (she fully expects to be called at 2 in the morning) and texted me regularly with tips and check-ins, and even stopped by.
During our very long labor with a baby that kept turning around, Beth took such amazing care of us. She had a magical ability to be a fly on the wall while anticipating our needs and revealing the perfect tools from her “bag of tricks” (like a massaging tool, a neck pillow to coax my husband into a nap after three days of not sleeping, and essential oils). We made it through three different shifts of midwives and nurses and she made friends with all of them (I even overheard them asking her for tips).
Most importantly, when my particularly difficult labor was at it’s hardest, warm little Beth turned into tough Beth and she physically and mentally supported me in a way that will make me forever adore and appreciate her. She breathed with me and locked eyes to help me focus for my hardest contractions and between contractions helped me regroup and remember that my baby was coming soon. If I was squishing her hand with my grip, she never showed it. When the labor needed to change course, the three of us would take the Midwives suggestion and discuss the options together. I think we ended up making all the right decisions and they would have been scary, veering so off course from my birth plan, without someone who knew our wishes and had tons of experience, to support us. Beth was meant to be a doula, and you absolutely won’t regret having her by your side to make any type of labor something magical.
Manuela-mandatory unmedicated birth
Anyone who knows me reasonably well knows that I do not tolerate physical pain well. Knowing this about myself, when I got pregnant with our baby girl, I began to worry about how I would handle the birthing process. For this reason, I thought I should get all the support available to me, including hiring a doula. Although the thought of a vaginal birth without epidural appealed to me from a theoretical perspective–I would avoid the risks related to the epidural injection and the side effects of the medication–in my heart of hearts I believed I could not endure a natural birth and I would surely have an epidural. My husband agreed pretty wholeheartedly… We even began asking around about what nurse anaesthetist to avoid and we had two solid names down! I researched doulas in the region and Beth Mathis was recommended. We met with Beth and both my husband and I thought she would be a good fit for “a little extra support.”
As it turns out, Beth became the single most important support to me in the delivery room in the hardest moments of my life so far. As it turned out, I had NO CHOICE but to have an unmedicated vaginal birth. Through a fluke development, my platelets suddenly dropped dangerously low so I could not get an epidural or spinal. My only option was C-section under general anesthesia as a last resort due to risk of bleeding. I was not dilating, so I ended up getting the maximum dose of pitocyn, as well, which I’m told makes the contractions a lot more painful, and I believe it. I received pitocyn and labored progressively for about 48 hours, and then pushed for about 4 hours. It took 1.5 hours to suture me up at the end. When it was all over, everyone was congratulating me, saying, “Wow, you did it, I did not think you had it in you! I kept on saying, and repeat it today, “No, I did not have it in me. I feel that I could not have done what I’ve done without Beth.” Beth coached me through the pain and helped me control the urge to push. Holding her hand, looking in her eyes, and breathing as she was instructing me was the only way I felt I could make it through each contraction. At one point, I remember focusing on just one of Beth’s eyes. I was assigned a very competent, experienced, and kind labor and delivery nurse, but I found that my already established relationship with and trust in Beth was very important to me during those moments of crisis. I could not respond to anyone else.
Beth also helped me write a birth plan, gave me a list of things to pack for the hospital, and followed up with us and offered her advice multiple times after we came home with our baby girl. I feel I did not even take full advantage of her expertise before and after birth–before because I stayed way too busy, and after because I was in survival mode and was listening to no one. But the truth is that I hired Beth to help me with the delivery and she became my Godsent deliverer.
If you are considering an unmedicated vaginal birth, OR ANY KIND OF BIRTH, because you can never predict what will happen, meet with Beth. She will gain your trust (because she is trustworthy) and will provide highly competent support during birth, as well as expert advice during pregnancy and postpartum.
Jamil -the partner’s perspective
Being the man, you might think you have it easy; especially compared to the one actually giving birth. This was our first child, and I can tell you from experience, as the man, and the father, it was truly the most difficult experience. Hiring a doula was the best thing I did, and not probably, but for sure. Without a doula I would have been completely lost, especially this being our first. (Beth came in early in the morning, just a little bit before my wife went through contractions, and had a fresh cup of coffee for me, and from that point, she told me to leave and do what I needed to do; eat, smoke, or whatever I wanted to do. I ran outside, had a quick smoke, and came back to my wife. Beth was there sitting by my wife the whole time, until she started contractions. Beth was there the whole time coaching my wife, and massaging my wife the whole time, as I was walking around frantically not knowing what to do, but she was there and made sure my wife and I were ok. At one point, she told me to go have lunch, it was around noon or so, and I told her that I didn’t have an appetite, and I just stayed. I felt really bad after an hour of her telling me to go have lunch realizing that she hadn’t had a lunch yet, so I told her to go and eat something, and she didn’t, she stayed with us the whole time, giving my wife points on how to make the contractions go easier. During the actual birthing process, I thought I lost both my wife and son, not knowing what to do, but Beth was calm and made me calm down too, and said that everything is fine and normal, a few minutes later I heard my son crying- my wife went through a pretty hard labor and was a little out of the norm. After the birth, Beth stayed for another hour to make sure all our questions were answered and that we were all comfortable, and after that she left so we could be with our baby. 2 weeks after that, Beth came to our apartment to check up on us, coached my wife some more on being a new mom, and just really helped us and made us comfortable. Words cannot describe how helpful Beth was to us, and for as much as she charged us, she was definitely worth 3 times more than that, and my wife and I both decided that we were going to hire Beth for our second child. Whoever decides to have their first child, or more, you should definitely hire a doula, and I recommend Beth from personal experience.
In thinking about the birth of our first child my husband James and I wanted someone with experience and knowledge to be there that could support and coach both of us through the whole process. We were so glad that we chose to have Beth as our doula! She was fabulous and did more for us than we could have ever imagined! She helped us well before the birth by going with us to our doctor appointment, talking with us in depth about a birth plan and giving me specific exercises, stretches and remedies to prepare for the birth. Beth would always keep in touch with me and she answered all of my questions and concerns when I had them. The night I went into labor Beth came to our house in the snow around 3am! Talk about dedication!!! She was with us every step of the way until our daughter was born 18 hours later! My goal was to give birth as naturally as possible and Beth was a huge part of me reaching that goal! I was able to give birth without a c-section, epidural or even pain medications. Beth’s advice from the start to “take each contraction as they come” and to “focus on something through the contractions” helped me immensely. Beth gave me the courage I needed when I doubted myself that I could keep going at times. Her experience helped me through the difficult parts of labor when I thought it would never end or that I wasn’t strong enough to continue. She was the voice of reason and always pointed out my strengths and what I could focus on next. She gave so many helpful suggestions about positioning, when to go walking, go in the jacuzzi tub, etc. and was a wonderful birthing coach! My husband was so grateful Beth was there to help him through the process and give suggestions so that he could participate as much as possible too. Even after the birth she stayed until all 3 of us were settled and she came and visited once we were home to see how things were going and if we had any questions or concerns. I am extremely grateful to Beth for all of her efforts! She is a wonderful, thoughtful and caring person who knows a lot about the birthing process. Beth will forever be a part of our birth story and we are so happy that she is! Her passion for the birthing experience and to empower women in their journey to motherhood sets her apart from the rest. I highly recommend Beth as a Doula!Happy Mom – Alicia C.